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Marguerite M. Mitchell

Born: 1/14/1955
Died: 9/11/2023
Age: 68
Community: Elgin IL, formerly of Gladwin, MI

Marguerite M. Mitchell

Elgin, IL

Formerly of Gladwin, Michigan

Marguerite Michele Mitchell was born on January 14, 1955 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She grew up outside Flint, Michigan, along side of two sisters and three brothers. Marguerite’s parents were public school teachers. All of them had the distinct pleasure and challenges of going to school in the district where mom and dad taught. Growing up just an hour north of Detroit, she came to love Motown music. If she wasn’t listening to Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, or Whitney Houston, you would find her doing the chicken dance of flopping folded arms and gyrating legs to her favorite songwriter and musician, Stevie Wonder. The three Ms in her name stood for more. Mischief was one of them. When the family was living on Alder Drive, one rainy day an insurance salesman knocked on the door. While mom tried to talk with him amidst the downpour, Marguerite, then almost four, lead her two younger diapers-dandy brothers out the door. Running beneath the salesman’s arm holding open the screen door, yelling and laughing, she lead them across the slippery and soggy lawn into a ditch full of muddy water. And they wouldn’t get out. Mom begged and pleaded until finally she appeared at the door again - eating one of their grilled Wonder-bread cheese sandwiches. “Hmmm, it’ time to eat, or you can go to bed when you come in?” In they came, reluctantly, but energetically sliding across the hardwood floor into the kitchen. Needless to say, the sandwiches tasted great, the tomato soup warmed them, and so did the hot bath before their naps. A dedicated student in K-12, Marguerite was a junior high cheerleader, who loved to cheer on her two younger brothers at their basketball games. Her mid-air splits and cheer routines pumped up the spirit of the spectators, including mom and dad. As a seventh grader, she was voted as her class representative in La Soiree fashion and beauty contest sponsored by the French teacher. Marguerite also played flute in the school bands. Later on in her life, she took up folk guitar. One evening during her teen years, one of the family dachshunds got into the chicken bones in the waste basket, and began to choke on that wing. Into its struggling mouth went Marguerite’s right hand - without hesitation - and out came the bone. Flip never forgot it, and slept at Marguerite’s feet at night. Marguerite also loved Detroit Tigers baseball. She and her mom would talk on the phone while watching it in separate locations. Marguerite was a mother to her daughter, Natasha Roselae. From birth to adulthood, she never stopped giving sloppy mom-kisses. She also always called Natasha by the embarrassing childhood nicknames she gave her. Marguerite taught Natasha about a mother’s love; the greatest gift. Playing Uno revealed Grandma Marguerite’s competitive zest. She was determined to beat her daughter Natasha and two grandchildren at their game. When her parents, or daughter and family, arrived in Saginaw, dinner at the Olive Garden was tops on her list. After graduating from Kearsley High School in 1973, she attended Valparaiso University, and then the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She obtained her college degree in General Studies from Delta Collage in 2014. The color purple was Marguerite’s favorite color and her beautiful brunette hair earned her the affectionate nickname of Irish. She is survived by her daughter, Natasha and husband - Farai, and their two children, Anesu and Tinashe; her mother now 98; her immediately older sister, and two younger brothers. Cancer was the cause of her death on September 11, 2023. As she would dance to it, she would also sing her favorite song by Stevie Wonder, For Once In My Life:

”For once, I have something I know won't desert me

I'm not alone anymore (I'm not alone anymore)

For once I can say, "This is mine, you can't take it"

As long as I know I have love, I can make it

For once in my life, I have someone who needs me.”

Marguerite lives on in our minds, and in our hearts. Her love for family, her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren will always live on. Her legacy of pride, determination, and love, carry on. The funeral ceremony for Marguerite Michele Mitchell will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 331 Clendening Rd. Gladwin, Michigan, with Pastor Adam Flanick presiding. Viewing will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by the funeral and burial. For more details, please call 989-426-7751. Marguerite will be interred at the Butman Cemetery.

Flowers can be sent in Marguerite’s name and honor to Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home.
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135 Silverleaf St.
Gladwin, MI 48624

Phone: (989) 879-3821

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Date:   9/19/2023
Time:   10:00 AM
Viewing will begin at 10:00 AM at the church.
Funeral Service
Date:   9/19/2023
Time:   11:00 AM
Location:   Our Savior Lutheran Church
331 Clendening Rd.
Gladwin, MI 48624

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Official:   Pastor Adam Flanick

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